Trump - American vertigo. Global disaster.

by Bernard-Henri Lévy Added 30.03.2017
PARIS – Donald Trump’s presidency is presenting the world with countless problems. That the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating his campaign and that close associates (his son-in-law and close White House adviser Jared Kushner) will...

How rupture with mainland Europe caused Britain to falter for hundreds of years

by Stephen Church Added 29.03.2017
By triggering Article 50 to start Britain’s process of exiting the European Union, Theresa May will launch the country into the unknown. History provides examples of Britain leaving Europe – and sometimes Europe leaving Britain – that help give...

Serbian Presidential Election: Next Battle in War to Defend Democratic Values in Europe

by Robert Creamer Added 29.03.2017
  Throughout Europe, democratic values have been under assault. Generally these attacks have come from forces of the authoritarian, nationalist right – in Poland, Hungary, Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, even Britain -- and...

The Temptations of a Resilient China

by Stephen S. Roach Added 28.03.2017
NEW HAVEN – Another growth scare has come and gone for the Chinese economy. This, of course, is very much at odds with Western conventional wisdom, which has long expected a hard landing in China. Once again, the Western perspective missed the...

Britain’s Messy Divorce

by Chris Patten Added 27.03.2017
LONDON – As Britain formally triggers the doleful negotiations to exclude itself from the mainstream of European politics and economics, Prime Minister Theresa May refuses to use the word “divorce” to describe what is happening. My wife, a...

The World’s Airports and Airlines Need More Human Intelligence

by Daniel Wagner Added 25.03.2017
This week’s restrictions on larger electronic devices in carry-on luggage from many of the Middle East and North Africa’s largest airports by the governments of the US and UK is an effort at making it more difficult for terrorists to attempt to...

Robotization Without Taxation?

by Robert J. Shiller Added 24.03.2017
NEW HAVEN – The idea of a tax on robots was raised last May in a draft report to the European Parliament prepared by MEP Mady Delvaux from the Committee on Legal Affairs. Emphasizing how robots could boost inequality, the report proposed that...

It is Comey who should be Investigated

by Juan Cole Added 21.03.2017
FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that his agency has since last summer been investigating the circle of Donald J. Trump for their contacts with the Russian Federation during last year’s election campaign. He also denied Trump’s...

Can Israel Fight A War On Three Fronts? A Nightmarish Scenario

by Alon Ben-Meir Added 18.03.2017
Although Prime Minister Netanyahu is known for his focus on the Palestinian and Iranian threats to Israel’s national security, in recent months he has increasingly sounded the alarm over Iran in particular rather than the Palestinians. As the...

Wind Power Juggernaut Really doing for 100K Workers what Trump only Promised

by Juan Cole Added 18.03.2017
Big news on the wind power front. First, it has emerged in the US as the number one renewable energy source, generating more electricity than hydro-electric for the first time. This milestone came in 2016 after 8,727 megawatts (MW) of new wind...

Fund management mega merger shows the easyJet effect is hitting the City

by John Colley Added 18.03.2017
Some of the financial sector’s biggest firms are feeling the pinch. The rise of low-cost investment products which simply track markets is forcing some dramatic moves and the proposed £11 billion merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset...

Globalization and the Rise of “Smart” Protectionism

by Daniel Wagner Added 15.03.2017
Globalization was intended to eliminate borders for the benefit of the free flow of trade, investment, information and people. It has had a good degree of success in accomplishing that, but the blowback from the globalization process has had a...

War Against the West

by Ian Buruma Added 13.03.2017
NEW YORK – In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning National Socialism. Kolnai seems to have read every...

Malaysia’s Future Role in Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Military Alliance

by Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner Added 10.03.2017
Saudi King Salman is currently on a three-week tour across six Asian countries. The duration of the trip underscores the commercial and geopolitical importance which Saudi Arabia attributes to Asia. It comes at a time when the kingdom is...

Has Trump Lost It?

by Joe Peyronnin Added 09.03.2017
“The best defense is a strong offense” is a centuries old military tactic that can lead to a strategic advantage. But it is hard to understand how President Donald Trump benefits from tweeting as a fact Saturday that President Barack Obama had...

Putin’s Dance with the Taliban

by Brahma Chellaney Added 09.03.2017
NEW DELHI – Russia may be in decline economically and demographically, but, in strategic terms, it is a resurgent power, pursuing a major military rearmament program that will enable it to continue expanding its global influence. One of the...

Trade Truths for Trumpians and Brexiteers

by Jim O'Neill Added 08.03.2017
LONDON – Here’s a reality check for British and American policymakers, and for the many pundits who frequently comment on world trade without understanding its realities: data on Germany’s total exports and imports in 2016 indicate that its...

Russian interference could be the greatest threat to European democracy

by Richard Maher Added 04.03.2017
With important national elections scheduled this year in the Netherlands, France and Germany, European officials on edge about possible Russian interference are pursuing various measures to counter it. But with a daily onslaught of fake and...

Rethinking Productivity Growth

by J. Bradford DeLong Added 04.03.2017
BERKELEY – Today, the world’s population is, on average, about 20 times richer than it was during the long Agrarian Age. Between 7000 BC and AD 1500, resources were scarce, technological progress was slow, and Malthusian pressures kept almost...

Realism About Trumpism

by Joschka Fischer Added 28.02.2017
BERLIN – Little more than a month after US President Donald Trump’s inauguration, it has become clear that nothing good will come of his presidency. Unfortunately, the pessimists turned out to be realists: things really are as bad as they said...
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